No Jab, No Job! Refusal to Get Vaccinated held a Valid Reason for Dismissal

On 27 September 2021 the Full Bench upheld the dismissal of an employee who refused to get vaccinated. In Jennifer Kimber v Sapphire Coast Community Aged Care [2021] FWCFB the majority held that the employee's refusal to get vacci...

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New Covid vaccination compensation scheme provides additional incentive to employers to have staff vaccinated

In a media release on Saturday 28 August 2021, the Minister for Health and Aged Care, The Hon. Greg Hunt announced details of a new no fault COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Scheme (VCS) which will operate nationally. The scheme will cov...

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No jab, no work – FWO’s updated advice still leaves questions for employers

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) posted updated guidance on its website last night relating to the power of employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees. This is an issue that we have also discussed before. Pr...

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COVID-19 Vaccines – Critical Questions for your Workplace

Guidance for the vaccine roll out in Australian workplaces was released by the Federal Government on 19 February 2021.  This took place via a media release from Christian Porter, Minister for Industrial Relations and updated guid...

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Inherent requirements termination upheld by Full Bench

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission recently handed down a significant decision which is of particular relevance for employers who have statutory child safety obligations because their staff work with children. Handed do...

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Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia's insolvency framework in over 30 years. "The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the...

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